What’s in Freya’s Christmas Eve Box

2019 – the year I succumbed to the American tradition that is the “Christmas Eve Box!”

Prior to this I thought Freya was far too young for one and now at 2.25 years of age, I think she will love it, albeit not really get it still. Today we put up our Christmas tree (yes it’s November but it’s 1 month away so shush!). She loved helping to unravel the beads, and then get them all knotted up again.

So back to the box. Rather than buy a wooden box, I decided to go for one of the absolute steal Home Bargain boxes for £2.99. You can write your child’s name on the lid of the box and personalise it so it’s perfect. For your money, you get a cookie inside and as well as a letter from Santa, a book and …..

I haven’t gone crazy when deciding to fill the box and have merely chosen a few little things to add to it including a set of Frozen PJ’s from Tu which I got in the 25% event and they include some lovely wam Olaf socks to match. I also picked up the Orchard Toys Pigs in Blankets game from Aldi in their recent toy event for less than £4 so we can all play a game as a family on Christmas Eve.

On top of that, I will be giving Freya a Peppa Pig bamboo tumbler and plate to put out for Santa so he can have his Whisky and Mince Pie (yes that’s what Santa will be feasting on in our house ladies and gentleman) which was kindly gifted to us for the big event from GiftGivingAllWrappedUp.

Lastly we will be sending Santa the Peppa Pig Christmas Sack in advance so it makes it easier for him to leave presents at our house. Got to make his job as easy as possible of course! This was also kindly gifted to us and I can’t wait to see her face when she wakes up that morning.

We were also kindly gifted a cute Peppa Pig bauble which has pride of place on our tree now and has completely ruined my colour scheme of whites, silvers and irridescent baubles, but Freya loves it and that’s all that matters.

I can’t wait to see others Christmas Eve boxes if you’ve done one this year so feel free to leave me any blog links in the comments.

Laura x

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SmartBuyGlasses to Launch a Black Friday AND Cyber Monday Sale Event

Leading the way with its customers in mind, SmartBuyGlasses UK has just unveiled its deals lineup for the Black Friday 2019. The list includes several all-time favourites as well as huge discounts on up-and-coming eyewear brands, giving them the chance to save BIG when purchasing designer eyewear.

The promotion is available on all eyewear site-wide, all shapes, sizes and materials, giving customers a huge collection to choose from.

Deals valid from Black Friday through Cyber Monday:

  • Up to 70% off on selected designer eyewear
  •  Save 12% off site-wide on all eyewear products (contact lenses not included) with the code: BF12OFFC
  • Get 40% off on your prescription lenses with the code: BF40OFFC

The following Cyber Week these offers will be valid:

  • 50% off on Blue Block Lenses, Polarized Lenses and Mirrored Lenses with the following codes: BLUEBLOCK50C, POLARIZED50C and MIRRORED50C
  • 20% off on prescription lenses from Arise HD Summit with the code: ARISEHD20C
  • 20% off on progressive lenses with the code: PROGRESSIVE20C
  • 10% off on all ski goggles with the code: SKIGOGGLES10C
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For more information, customers can head to Black Friday Deals

All orders come with additional:

  • Free shipping
  • Free returns for 100 days
  • No minimum order value
  • Exclusive 24-month warranty

The promotions will start on the 29th of November 2019 and end on the  6th of December 2019.

About SmartBuyGlasses:  SmartBuyGlasses, part of the SmartBuyGlasses Optical Group, is one of the world’s largest online eyewear retailers.  With over 10 years of expertise, and operations in over 40 countries, they offer a catalogue of 80,000+ products from over 180 brands of eyeglasses, sunglasses and contact lenses.

Laura x

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Days Out: Tropical World

As a mum with a full time 9-5 job, weekends are precious and time for us to do things as a family. We are very lucky to have an abundance of places on our doorstep in Yorkshire that are usually no more than 1.5 hours away by car. This past weekend we ventured over to Tropical World in Leeds which by car took us around 50 minutes from Stamford Bridge.

Tropical World is located next to Roundhay Park in Leeds and outside of Kew Gardens, is home to the largest collection of tropical plants. For 3 adults and a 2 year old, entrance came to £21. That equated to £7 per adult and Freya was free as she was under 5.

Freya was immediately enamoured by the tropical surroundings and different animal sections including fish, meerkats, snakes and spiders.

Checking out the Tortoise

One word of warning is prepare yourself for how humid it actually is in there. I think we all forgot about the name “Tropical” and all ended up taking our coats off as soon as we stepped inside. We arrived just before 11am on a Sunday morning and by the time we were leaving, it started to get quite busy. There isn’t a lot of pram space when walking about as there tends to be quite a few people using them so I would suggest avoiding bringing one if not absolutely necessary.

After we walked round we then headed to the café and grabbed a bit to eat as Freya declared her belly was hungry. For £21 we enjoyed 2 adult meals and a child’s meal as well as drinks for the 3 of us. I thought all in all it was a reasonable priced day out and with it’s close proximity to Roundhay Park, you could always save money in Summer by taking a picnic.

Overall it was a lovely morning out and definitely somewhere we will go again in future especially since Freya’s auntie Hannah lives in Leeds.

If you have any other Leeds based days out that we should check out then please leave me a comment so I can add them to our list.

Laura x

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